Category Archives: Fashion

Say Yes to the ALK Fashion Dress

ALK Fashion designer and founder, Amy Kirchen (left), and my friend Sara Celi

Without the perfect body, it’s tough to find the perfect fit.

So, since my prayers haven’t been answered to be a few inches taller yet, I was getting used to getting my dresses hemmed. That is, until I heard about ALK Fashion.

The designer, Amy Kirchen, is a local gal with a passion for fashion. About a year ago, she decided she wanted to make her own custom designs. And she specializes in cocktail dresses and formal wear. So, when you need to look good for a special occasion, she’ll custom make a dress perfect for you.

I know what you’re thinking… you hear the word “custom” and you think “expensive.” Not true with ALK Fashion. It’s actually really affordable in my opinion.

Most of her cocktail dresses go for a little more than $100. You’d spend that at any department store, and much more than that at some local boutiques and high-end stores like Nordstrom and Saks.

I don’t know how Amy does it, making these affordable custom dresses. I should probably tell her to raise her prices – that is, after I buy MY dress. : ) My friend Sara just got a dress made for her (to celebrate keeping off 35 lbs for 2 years YAY!), and she had a really good experience. Read all about it here.

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ALK Fashion at Red, Pink and Blue Fashion Show on June 25 (click to enlarge)

ALK did our Red, Pink and Blue fashion show at the end of June… above is a picture of all her latest designs. (click here for all the pics from the show)

I love all the bright colors! We just did a fashion show with Cala Ossidiana last night, and she had some of the same bright colors. *light bulb over head* I think I spot a trend! : ) I’ll be posting pics of the Cala Ossidiana show next week when I get the pics back from the photog. Have a great weekend!

Sneak Peek: Swimsuit Fashion Show featuring Ben-Gals!

My team and I are suuuuuuuuuper excited for this Friday. We’re putting together a swimsuit fashion show featuring the BenGal cheerleaders and the NYC-based couture swimsuit line, Cala Ossidiana. Today, when the girls came to the office for their fitting, I snapped a couple pics to give you a sneak peek of the fab fashion we’ll be featuring at this special show. Here are all the details and the pictures are below. I hope you can make it!

A Chic Swimwear Show
When: Friday, July 23, 6-9pm
8179 Princeton Glendale Road
West Chester, OH 45069
Make a splash with this fashion show featuring Cincinnati Ben-Gal Cheerleaders and the hottest swimwear trends from NYC-based designer Cala Ossidiana. Also enjoy shopping and product sampling with Votre Vu with Julena BingamanPerfections SalonBooty Parlors by Shannon Fink, Flocktails, Microderma Mitt, Parvali Designs with Stephanie McManama & Meredith Fancher.
Music provided by KillerSpots.com. The Wise Owl will have drinks available for purchase, as well as complimentary hors d’oeuvres.
Official After Party:
The Wise Owl
6206 Mulhauser Rd.
West Chester, OH 45069
Event is free to attend. No R.S.V.P required. Enter to win a free weekend Lexus lease and a beautiful silver bracelet from Richter and Phillips. Brought to you by Cincy Chic (www.cincychic.com), an online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati. Sponsored by Lexus RiverCenter. For more information, go to http://chicswimwear.eventbrite.com/




Christmas in July

Today I was reminded of how much I love my job and the cool people I get to meet because of it. I met with a wonderful woman named Tracey Vest. She emailed me saying she made her own accessories and handbags, and wanted to be a vendor at some of our events.

When she first walked in, I noticed she was a bit shy and unassuming. A stark contrast to the loud, ostrich feather handbag billowing off her shoulder. I told her I loved her bag and she said it was one of her designs.

Hmm… ok, tell me more, I’m IMPRESSED…

She proceeds to pull a myriad of “look at me” items from her bag. A leather print fur clutch, flower headbands, and feather cuffs… I’m still shocked at all the loud pieces this quiet woman created.

I asked her where she got her inspiration and she said her grandmother had a passion for flashin’ her fashion. She apparently never left the home without her neck, ears and every limb and finger accessorized. She said her parents loved to go out on the town and she loved to watch them get glammed up. And today, she helps others glam up and grab attention with her eye catching, hand-made pieces.

Turns out, she’s been featured in Essence Magazine, Cincinnati Magazine and her items were recently in an episode of “Ugly Betty.” But she was so humble about it! If my designs were in a national TV show or magazine, I’d be shouting it from a rooftop. But no, not Tracey!

With things as unique as this, I asked her if I could try on a few to take pics for the blog. I couldn’t help but fall in love with two of her headbands, and she GAVE them to me because she knew I’d be a good advocate for her with all the running around I do. I couldn’t believe how generous she was. It completely made my day! So, today is kind of like Christmas in July in Amyland! YAY! Ho Ho Ho! Merrrrrry July 20 everyone!

Feather headband (one of the ones I got!) ($65)
Bangles ($35)
Floral headband (one of the ones I got!) ($18)
Feather cuffs ($65) ...how cute would these look with a strapless LBD?!?
Leapord clutch ($350)

Designer Diapers? Now I’ve seen everything

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limited-edition denim-style version of Huggies Little Movers diapers

I’ve blogged about a lot of designer wears in my day. Shoes, denim and even designer hair extensions. But never, ever, in a million years did I see this one coming.

Designer ….get this…. DIAPERS.

Now, I’m not a mommy blogger, nor am I a mom, or even close to being one any time in the foreseeable future (well, maybe in a little while… my husband is 10 years older than me). But when I saw these adorable denim print diapers I knew I had to post about them.

These limited-edition denim-style version of Huggies Little Movers diapers rolled out in May and they’re a HUGE success. Apparently, they’ve already sold more than 2 million packages of the diapers in North America (not too shabby considering there are about 12 million infants in diapers in the U.S. right now).

Not that I keep up on this industry, but according to this Ad Age article, P&G is countering with a limited-edition fashion offering of its own this month: A series of 11 diaper styles from designer Cynthia Rowley called “Pampers by Cynthia Rowley Collection,” available exclusively at Target and Target.com.

From the looks of it though, Cynthia shouldn’t quit her day job as a clothing designer for a future in diaper decor. The denim diaper is #1 in my book. Cynthia, that means your design gets a big ol #2. Get it? Oh, diaper humor is fun.

UPDATE: After I posted this, someone messaged me and said the Huggies designer diaper TV commercials were offensive and sent me a link. I think the commercial (note: it’s titled “I’ve got chic in my pants” LOL)  hilarious and not the least bit offensive. Video below. Tell me what you think!

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Cincinnati Boutique Sale This Weekend

The Cincinnati Boutique Sale is here this weekend! YAY! It’s so exciting! All the best boutiques in Cincinnati are under one roof, with great prices! I plan to check it out today after my spinning class! I highly suggest you stop by this weekend – the earlier the better because it’ll be picked over by the end! They are offering their best prices of the year, and it’s a great way to see all the boutiques from across the Tri-State all in one place. See you there!

PS: There’s a contest running on Facebook right now where if you RSVP to the Cincinnati Boutique Sale, post on the event wall, you’ll be entered to win a $15 gift card! Click here to participate!cbs

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Big Sale on High-End Handbags!

I got an email from one of my favorite local handbag designers, Missy DeGroot. Not that there are a ton of local handbag designers… but she is my favorite! haha!

She said she’s having a big sale on her handbags through the end of the day today* on www.enviius.com! So, if you’re in the market for a new bag, I suggest you check out the sale.

I’m a die-hard DeGroot bag fan. I purchased my first one two years ago. I used it every day for an entire year and I finally needed a new one. I bought my second one and I’m going on MORE than year, literally using it every single day. They really are great bags. Here’s a picture of me with my more than a year-old bag. And it still looks the same… and it’s white.

Now, that’s saying something. Actually, it says two things: 1) I don’t care about carrying a white bag in winter, fall, spring and summer… and 2) that DeGroot Handbags are the best bags EVER!

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This is me (left) wearing a white bag in winter. Because I'm a rebel like that. 🙂

*UPDATE: After I posted this blog, I sent it to Missy. She sent me the below email indicating the sale has been extended due to this blog (see below)! WOOHOO!

Hey Amy, I just sent the link to your article to the president of
Enviius.com and he LOVED it and therefore is extending the sale into
the weekend!!! 🙂 Thanks a ton!!!!

Local Summer Sales

I just learned about lots of local sales coming up soon! Get the low down on all the deal deets: 

Cincy Designer Shoes

Flip Flop Sale

Get chic summer flip flops for as low as $29. This sale last until their inventory is out. Brand names like Yellow Box, Ziggy and Flex.

2717 Erie Ave – 513-321-1924 – cincyshoes.com
The Wardrobe Cincinnati

The Wardrobe Cincinnati

Early Bird Event

On Monday, July 12, the entire stock of Spring and Summer merchandise will be 50-70% OFF!

HOWEVER…on this Saturday, July 10 for you and your friends and family, get an additional 20% OFF from 9am-11am, an additional 15% OFF from 11am-1pm, and an additional 10% OFF from 1pm-6pm

The boutique owner Lesley Hern says this is the biggest sale of the season. You don’t want to miss it!

6904 Miami Ave – 513-271-4800 – thewardrobewww2.cincinnati.com

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7th Anniversary Sale

To celebrate their 7th birthday, they are giving a gift to you! It starts today (Friday) and you get 20-50% off everything except consignment items by their local artist. Now is the time to get that rug or leather purse you have been thinking about! PS, while you’re down in OTR, check out our office at 13th & Clay! : )

July 9th-18th

1201 Vine Street – 513-421-3500 – shopmica.com

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Preferred Customer “Early Bird” Sale

Stop by early for the best selection (and an additional 20% off!) Saturday, July 10th 8am-6pm

6810 Wooster Pike Cincinnati, Ohio 45227  513-272-2280 www.sarabenjamins.com

Elizabeth’s Closet

Summer Shopping Online Only

Save 25% right from your computer! This sale is online only on Sunday, July 11. Click your way to savings!

934 Hatch Street – 513-646-5025 – elizabethscloset.net

Obsess Boutique

Beat the Heat and Save!

French Connection is one of the top women’s fashion brands, and obsess boutique has a great stock of their best designs. (I think the owner’s daughter works at French Connection). Plus, you get a savings of 15% off of the regular price!

All designer denim is on sale at 15% off also!  Obsess carries Citizens of Humanity, Fidelity, Joe’s, James Jeans, and Anoname.  You can’t beat the fit and style of these brands!

Hurry, because this sale ends July 14 (which is Bastille Day… aka the “French Connection”! oh, I crack myself up).

9393 Montgomery Road – 513-793-4777 – obsessboutique.com

Nordstrom

Anniversary Sale

The largest sale event of the year at Nordstrom starts next Friday, July 16.  New fall clothing, shoes and accessories for women, men and children will be on sale for two weeks and then marked to regular price on August 2.  Shop from brands such as Guess, Sam Edelman, Stuart Weitzman, Steve Madden, UGG Australia, Nike, DKNY, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Lafayette 148 New York, Elie Tahari, Kenneth Cole, Kooba, BOSS Orange, Lacoste, True Religion and more.

Nordstrom at Kenwood Towne Centre – 513-841-0702 – nordstrom.com
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Cincinnati Boutique Sale

All the greatest boutiques will be under one roof, for three amazing days. Well, technically four if you count the sneak peek night. Make sure to stop by, you have so much to choose from!

July 16 10-7
July 17 10-6
July 18 11-4

Sycamore Plaza (Across Montgomery Rd from Kenwood Towne Center) – cincinnatiboutiquesale.com

Sneak Peek Event: The Lindner Center Patron’s Night
July 15th, Thurs: 6PM-9PM

Join the Linder Center of Hope for a preview evening event! Enjoy an evening of fun, fashion and a great fundraiser! Each boutique will preview the designer looks and accessories that the Cincinnati Boutique Sale has brought at incredible discounts! $25 admission for this special night with wine and light hors d’oeuvres served.

Rookwood to Soon Welcome One Hot Mama

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My favorite items from shopmama.com

I’m not a mom, but I have lots of friends and family members with buns in the oven or little rugrats running around. And I just got word that I’ll have a new place to shop for them very soon.

The boutique, which will feature clothing and accessories for moms and moms-to-be, will be located in Rookwood Commons with the adorable name “Hot Mama.”

This will be the first Hot Mama store to open in Ohio, the 17th nationwide, with stores in six other states: Minnesota, Illinois, Colorado, Michigan, Wisconsin, and North Dakota.

Founded in Edina, Minnesota by Megan and Michael Tamte in 2004, Hot Mama and its internet site, shopmama.com, have been noted in magazines such as InStyle, Real Simple, Self and Pregnancy & Newborn.

Megan and Michael wanted to create an upscale boutique that serves as a fashion resource for moms by offering designer clothing and denim that fits a mom’s age and lifestyle.  Megan and her team of buyers search the globe for clothing, jewelry and accessories that make women look and feel beautiful.

“We are excited to open our first Ohio store at Rookwood Commons in Cincinnati,” Megan Tamte says. “Hot Mama fits nicely with the center’s other retailers, including Anthropologie, DSW and Whole Foods.”

Hot Mama will take 2,900 square feet next to Banana Republic.

UPDATE: Forever 21 just announced they’re releasing a maternity line now too.

Cincinnati Hair Stylist Heads to Paris Fashion Week

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Vivian Moore with Nick Arrojo from TLC's "What Not To Wear"

As Paris prepares for Fashion Week today, so does Vivian Moore, the Managing VP of Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa. She hopped the pond to show off her skills for the Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Show July 7 at Place Vendôme in Paris.

This is the most anticipated show in Paris, with celebrities and the most important style editors from throughout the world packing the audience.

“In the fashion world, this is our Oscar moment,” said Moore, who has worked at Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa for 25 years. “I’ve worked some pretty big fashion shows, but nothing is bigger or better than Mr. Armani’s Couture Show in Paris.”

The Armani show will be a whirlwind for Moore. She arrived in Paris on July 3 had just a few days to learn and perfect the styles so that she can quickly prepare the models between wardrobe changes.

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L to R, Vivian Moore, Oribe, Tom Gallagher

She’s experienced some unexpected challenges since she arrived. She said Mr. Armani doesn’t allow converters or dual-voltage equipment, so she had to search for the best hair dryers, curling irons, and other tools that conform to Paris’ electrical standards once she got there.

“On top of that,” added Moore, “my passport expired the day I got the call to do the show. I [rushed] like mad to get a new one.”

But the show must go on, and it certainly is today. Let’s cheer on our Cincinnati-proud stylist as her hair designs work the runway today!

Bella Donna Closing, Big Close-out Sale

One of Cincinnati’s longest-standing boutiques announced just a few hours ago that it will close its doors for good in a few short days.

Bella Donna in Glendale posted an event on Facebook today entitled “BELLA DONNA CLOSING SALE” with the event time being June 30-31 and the following message:

After 11 years in business, it is time to close our doors. It has been a wonderful ride – meeting great women – enjoying the conversations… But the current business climate has made things difficult and it is time to move on. Please come in for some wonderful deals on beautiful clothes.

So if you’re looking for a deal, need a new dress (especially mother of the bride dress, as that’s their specialty), or just want to say farewell to the shop’s darling owner, Donna I suggest you do so quickly.

Sounds like she has things priced to move. Literally. And what she doesn’t sell, I’m sure she’ll have at the Cincinnati Boutique Sale which is coming up July 16-18.